Category Archives: Politics

Making planning local

agendaNi considers the history of the planning system and the changes due to take place from next April. In a way, planning policy in Northern Ireland will be ‘coming home’ on 1...

Community planning

Reform will open up new opportunities for local people to shape their neighbourhoods. The concept of community planning promises to give residents a greater say in the how their areas develop and...

Decision day for councils

Northern Ireland’s local government elections resulted in mixed fortunes, including a rise in UUP support and decreases for the DUP, Sinn Féin and SDLP. Several smaller parties made breakthroughs and the new...

Local oversight for urban regeneration

Councils will take on new responsibilities for improving Northern Ireland’s most deprived areas. Urban regeneration policy was set by the Department of the Environment between 1973 and 1999 and responsibility then passed...

Financing local government

A summary of rating and other major sources of income for councils. Funding for local government comes from rates, government grants, fees, charges, and loans with the rate providing the largest and...

New Local Government Bill

The Local Government Bill, designed to reduce the number of councils from 26 to 11, has been presented to the Assembly by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan. It passed its second stage...

Mark H Durkan interview: community power

New Environment Minister Mark H Durkan talks to Owen McQuade about his plans for transferring power from central government, ultimately down to councils and communities. Other priorities include climate change, road safety...

Transparency: the McDevitt case

The payment from Weber Shandwick to Conall McDevitt broke the code of conduct for the Assembly. Peter Cheney outlines the political and PR standards involved in the case and how they are...

A painful privilege

Commissioner for Victims and Survivors Kathryn Stone explains how the Commission gives a voice to victims and survivors. Kathryn Stone was appointed as sole Commissioner for Victims and Survivors in September 2012....

Reasons for optimism

Andrew Sentance, PwC’s Senior Economic Adviser for the UK, talks to agendaNi about his optimistic assessment of the UK’s performance and the need to get commercial ideas out of universities and into...